Posts by Ngoc Hien

Special Report: Civil society increasingly shapes forest laws in the Mekong region

On September 1, 2020,  RECOFTC (Regional Community Forestry Training Center) released a new report titled “Civil society increasingly shapes forest laws in the Mekong region”, focusing on how countries across the Mekong region are opening up decision-making processes to civil society as they reform policies and laws governing forests.

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Shaping a sustainable future in the forests of the A Luoi Valley

The A Luoi Valley bears the scars of war and suffered the tactical use of herbicides. Today it also faces the challenges of deforestation, reforestation, and struggles for resources between diverse stakeholder groups. How do people in the A Luoi Valley in Vietnam manage their forestland in times of accelerated climate change, and what are their livelihood needs?

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Vietnam calls halt to wildlife imports, illegal markets

Vietnam would halt importing and trading wild animals either dead or alive, according to a directive from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued Thursday.

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A ‘treasure trove’ of biodiversity found in Kon Tum Province, but it remains under grave threat

On July 21, 2020,  Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has revealed a treasure trove of rare wildlife in Kon Plong, Kon Tum Province. Home to many threatened species and rich biodiversity, Kon Plong deserves to be considered one of the most valuable forests for conservation in the whole of Vietnam.

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Data Literacy Training

The first training in a series of training courses on data literacy is organized by PanNature in collaboration with Open Data Institute (ODI) in Ha Long, Quang Ninh province from July 6 to 10.

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Forest restoration by using native multipurpose plants in Son La

On June 24, 2020, People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) in collaboration with the Women’s Union branch of Thin Village carried out the reforestation activity on community forest land in Thin village, Xuan Nha commune, Van Ho district, Son La province.

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Training Workshop on Testing FGMS

From 10 to 12 Jun, PanNature in collaboration with WWF Vietnam organized a training workshop on testing questionnaires for Forest Governance Monitoring System (FGMS). The training was followed by piloting data collection in relevant governmental agencies and communities in Quang Nam province.   

This event is part of a series of activities carried out in order to establish an FGMS for non-state actors (NSA) to monitor and strengthen forest landscape governance. The organizations will assess and develop effective FGMS that can build the capacity of NSAs to generate reliable information using GIS/web-based systems, and mobile technology to pilot FGMS in Quang Nam province. 

The training participants are representatives from social organizations, forestry cooperatives, and management boards of nature reserves in Quang Nam.

Mrs. Nguyen Bich Hang from WFF Vietnam introduced about questionnaire and indications for FGMS

In the workshop, a questionnaire for data collection was introduced to and discussed by participants. For testing the questionnaire, data collection was implemented in Quang Nam with relevant agencies and communities including DARD, Provincial Forest Protection Department, Forest Protection Fund, Forest Protection Division, Division of Agriculture, management boards of Nam Giang, Song Thanh Nature Reserve, Communal People’s Committees of Ta Bhing, La Dee, and households in Ta Bhing Commune.

Mr. Hoang Xuan Thuy, Deputy Director of PanNature introduced about FGMS

The workshop is a part of the EU-funded Voice for Mekong Forests (V4MF) Project, which aims to support NSAs to effectively participate in forest governance. For that, the project has developed a set of forest governance monitoring indicators as a tool to support NSAs. Currently, the indicators are in a testing phase and expected to be completed and started to operate by the end of 2020.

Participants discussed the questionnaire

The V4MF project, which aims to strengthen the role of NSAs in forest governance in the Mekong region, is implemented in 5 countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. In Vietnam, the project is implemented in four districts of Quang Nam province, including Phuoc Son, Nam Tra My, Tay Giang, and Nam Giang. In Vietnam, RECOFTC, WWF Vietnam, and PanNature are in charge to run the project.


NGOs and businesses cooperate to promote community forest management in Cambodia

During the 3rd quarter of 2019 and the first 6 months of 2020, Birdlife International – Cambodia Program (Birdlife Cambodia) in cooperation with PanNature and Krongbuk Ratanakiri Rubber Company (KRRC) organized a series of events on awareness raising, learning exchange, consultation and capacity building on community forest management for three villages Chan, Chouy and Kanat in Taveng and Andong Meas districts, Ratanakiri province, Cambodia. These are three villages of ethnic minorities Kreung and Kachok living adjacent to the Phnom Torntang forest which is located inside the rubber plantation area of Krongbuk Ratanakiri Rubber Company.

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Be a Cool Vietnam Explorer

Tourism used to be called a “smokeless” industry. However, this does not mean that tourism has no impact on the ecosystem.

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Viet Nam vows to eliminate wildlife trade

Director of the Centre for People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) Tr?nh Lê Nguyên talks to Vietnamplus online newspaper on Vi?t Nam’s efforts to eliminate the wildlife trade

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